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Day: September 21, 2007

Wholesale Prices Fall in August

The Producer Price Index for Finished Goods fell 1.4 percent in August, seasonally adjusted, the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor reported.&nbsp ; &nbsp ; This decrease followed a 0.6-percent increase in July and a 0.2-percent decline in June. &nbsp ; At the earlier stages of processing, prices received by manufacturers of intermediate goods moved down 1.2 percent in August compared with a 0.6-percent advance in July, and the crude goods index dropped 3.0 percent after climbing 1.2 percent in the prior month.

Accounting for most of the downturn in finished goods prices, the index for energy goods fell 6.6 percent in August following a 2.5-percent rise in the prior month. &nbsp ; Prices for consumer foods declined 0.2 percent after inching down 0.1 ...

U.S., Canadian PT/MC Sales Drop in July

Power Transmission Distributors Association today released July 2007 month-end trend data for distributors and manufacturers of power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) products.
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U.S. distributors'sales of PT/MC products dropped 7.0 percent from June to July after a rise in sales for the past two months.&nbsp ; Year-to-year comparisons remain positive for the first half of this year with sales in July 2007 coming in 11.0 percent higher than in July 2006.&nbsp ; Accounts receivable collection days rose 2.7 percent over June 2007.&nbsp ; The July 2007confidence index for U.S. distributors remained unchanged for the fifth month in a row at 6.6 (on a 10-point scale).
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Canadian distributors'sales in PT/MC products continue to fall, dropping 9.0 percent from ...